The CrossFit view is that fitness and health are the same thing.
It is also interesting to notice that the health professional maintains your health with drugs and surgery each with potentially undesirable side effects whereas the CrossFit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with “side benefit” vs. side effect.
Health can now be concisely and precisely defined as increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains.
The CrossFit prescription for achieving this fitness is: “constantly varied, high- intensity, functional movement.”
Intensity is defined exactly as power, and intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.
CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
Improvements in endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility come about through training. By contrast improvements in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy come about through practice. Power and speed are adaptations of both training and practice.
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
The CrossFit dietary prescription is as follows:
- Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
- Carbohydrates should be predominantly low- glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load.
- Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
- Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
- Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit- ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
- Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.
- Regularly learn and play new sports.